By Lisa Flueckiger, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The lure of the famous Copacabana and Ipanema beaches obviously accounts for many of the thousands of visitors flocking to those neighborhoods every week, but staying in one of Rio’s more historic regions can offer a different insight on what it is to be a Carioca. If you're happy to stay a bit further than just a stroll away from the sand, The Rio Times handpicks some of the best off-beach hostel options.

Known for its samba parties and cachaça-fueled nightlife, Lapa is always a popular . . .

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